Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery
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3.89/5 rDev -8.7%
650ml bottle poured into a Bell's snifter 8/15/2014.
A- Dark brown- almost black- body, opaque with a thin mocha head that swirls on the top of the beer. Pours fairly thick as well.
S- Dark fruits, a slight hint of tart cherries, cocoa nibs, roast malt, and more dark fruits. A whiskey overtone is present as well. Smells quite complex.
F- It smells better than it tastes, I feel. Dark fruits don't come across quite as well as it does on the nose, but there is a good amount of bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa and roast malts. It's good if you are a fan of particularly bitter dark chocolate with a hint of tart cherries. It's no Life is Like, but it's quite solid.
M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, silky and smooth on the palate. Not difficult to drink aside from being a high gravity beer. A bit hot, although not especially so.
O- Solid BA Imperial Porter. I'd prefer XXIII with its chili peppers which I feel added a bit more dimension to a beer that already had its share of chocolate and dark fruit in the base imperial porter. Brewing the base with additional dark fruits just adds more intensity to the specific flavours that I don't feel is very necessary.
08-16-2014 14:39:12 | More by Stevedore
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Pours black with a mocha ring of head
S: Vanilla, caramel, oak, chocolate and coffee in the nose.
T: Chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak and a touch of alcohol.
M: Full bodied and smooth.
O: About as good as XXIV, not quite as good as XXIII. Recommended.
08-11-2014 05:14:01 | More by BierJager89
Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.